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Warm Brussels Sprouts Salad

November 26, 2013

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I think this time of year can be a struggle for people who have set specific food and fitness goals. Initially I was going to write a post on how to stick to your health goals during the holiday season but I realized I wasn’t being true to myself. Yes, I believe in making healthy food choices, being active and making smart decisions for your body both physically and mentally, but I also feel as though we make all of these choices so that we are able to live a long life that we can enjoy. And sometimes enjoying means overdosing on stuffing and pie.

My wish is that people can see Thanksgiving for what it is, one night of the year where we celebrate our appreciation for our family and friends and the beautiful lives we have in front of us. A night where we can indulge in delicious food and in each other. It doesn’t mean that all of your food and fitness goals have gone out the window because you ate too much or spent the day watching football instead of playing it. It’s okay to let go, relax and enjoy your life. Health is not a black or white thing and I’ve even found that letting go and vegging out can actually be good for you.

Plus you can always get your workout on the next day in what I like to call “High Intensity Shopping”.

With that being said, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy your greens! I love my cornbread and apple pie as much as the next person, but I equally love my Brussels sprouts. This is such a simple recipe that will be sure to excite your guests and make sure they don’t leave the Thanksgiving meal with scurvy.

Remember to enjoy the day off, the fabulous food and the even better company. Happy Thanksgiving!


Warm Brussels Sprouts Salad

  • Author: Davida @ The Healthy Maven
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2-4 1x


For the Salad::

  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 pound of brussels sprouts
  • 2 shallots, sliced
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups grapes (red or green), halved

For the dressing::

  • 1 T apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard


  1. In a large pan over medium-high heat toast the walnuts until they begin to brown (about 5 minutes). Watch carefully. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Slice brussels sprouts thinly or use a mandolin
  3. Heat olive oil over medium heat.
  4. Add shallots and saute for 2 minutes.
  5. Add brussels sprouts and grapes and saute for another 2 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile mix together the dressing.
  7. Turn off heat and stir in walnuts.
  8. Coat with dressing and serve warm.



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  • Reply
    November 26, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Yum both recipes sound delicious!

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food
    November 26, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Mmm turkey soup, can’t wait for the recipe! I never know what to do with leftover turkey cause sandwiches get really old!

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    November 26, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Yum! Heading over!

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    Elise @ 9toFitcom
    November 26, 2013 at 9:10 am

    I have been so into brussel sprouts lately that I’m heading there now!

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    Ksenija @ With An Open Mind
    November 26, 2013 at 9:27 am

    I somehow heard you on request no.1 today even before you posted it 😉 I thought about making pasta with pea, mushroom and chicken sauce today and used a whole chicken thigh for this purpose. And instead of wasting the delicious broth the chicken cooked in, I quickly whipped up some soup which I can eat for the next days. Love when things work out like this!

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    Jess @ JessieBear What Will You Wear?
    November 26, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Ummm hell yeah to that salad. Checkin it out nowww!

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    meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles
    November 26, 2013 at 9:37 am

    I love Brussels sprouts1

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    Meghan @ fitnesscrEATures
    November 26, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Um, yes to this new blog design girl. Yes times one million! I think it’s super cute and I am sure that transferring everything over is a nightmare, but it’ll all be worth it when it’s easier for me to stalk you because I have wordpress also.
    Oh wait, I don’t hide my psycho stalker ways from you anymore.
    Glad to hear the blog is progressing along with you! I love all the recipes you post (though I’ve never tried one) and if I ever did want to cook something, it’d be from your arsenal of choices! Love youuuu have a fabulous day! And no, I will not save a carcass, gross sick nasty. I’ll send you mine in the mail.

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    Em @ Love A Latte
    November 26, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Great picture – looks tasty!!!

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    Danielle @ LabelsAreForTinCans
    November 26, 2013 at 10:13 am

    I look forward to your turkey soup recipe – even though I currently have no turkeys on hand 😉 I am guilty of always throwing out the chicken bones once I roasted a chicken – so I should stop doing that too!

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    Christine @ Gotta Eat Green
    November 26, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Gah that salad looks amazing! I’m on my way there… right now…

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    Melanie @ HappyBeingHealthy
    November 26, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Ya know, the leftover carcass always intimidates me. But, now I wish I’d have a leftover one so I could make your soup! We’re going out of town for Thanksgiving, so I won’t have a leftover bird. 🙁 That warm brussels spouts salad looks divine!

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    Alex @ Kenzie Life
    November 26, 2013 at 11:41 am

    I just had this awesome roasted brussels sprouts dish this weekend, so after that I’m definitely willing to give this one a go!

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    Ang @ Nutty for Life
    November 26, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Can’t promise my dad will save the carcass… he doesn’t like to listen to me sometimes 🙂 The recipe looks great! I checked it out on her blog. I think brussels sprouts are definitely a veg that tastes better with some kind of dressing.

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    Suzanne @ hello, veggy!
    November 26, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    I think I’ll pass on the carcass, but headed on over to check out your guest post now!

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    November 26, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    What a cool idea about the carcass of the turkey! But we are going out to eat for Thanksgiving. Does that mean I won’t be checking out your Brussels recipe? NO WAY.

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    November 26, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    I ALWAYS save the bones from a roasted chicken or other bird for soup stock. And lovely looking salad too
    atelier zozo

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    November 26, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Does anyone else think the word carcass is creepy? 🙂

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    Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat
    November 26, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    I’ve never saved the turkey carcass. I’ve always been kind of intimidated and somewhat grossed out by it. I’m sure it must make delicious soup though. I need to get over it and just try it out, right!?!

    BTW, I checked our the brussels sprout recipe. Looks wonderful!

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    November 26, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Totally agree about saving the carcass! Turkey soup is always a tradition in my family after the holidays.

    You had me at the mention of “Brussels sprouts”… heading over to check out your recipe! 😉

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    Christie @ Kissesandkale.blogspot.com
    November 26, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Love brussels sprouts! Can’t wait for your soup recipe too!

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    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table
    November 26, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Brussles are a staple in my kitchen – I’m posting a raw brussles salad recipe tomorrow! Love your warm one… need that warmth tonight!

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    Sabrina @ Nutritiously Sweet
    November 26, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Hahahahaha! That is rather a strange request but turkey soup sounds like a good idea 🙂

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    November 26, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    GIRLFRIEND! This looks amazing. YUM!

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    November 26, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    I can’t wait to try your recipe! I have been killing some sprouts lately.

    Unfortunately, my family is being bratty because Christmas and Thanksgiving are so close so we are going out to eat for Thanksgiving. I’m so annoyed I won’t have leftovers.

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    November 26, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    I will save my carcass if you promise a good recipe with it!!!!
    Can’t wait to check out your recipe – headed over now!!

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    Lisa @ The Skinny on Health
    November 26, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    Yum!! I loveee making soup from turkey leftovers/bones!!!

    I had a ton of leftover brussels sprouts that are going to go bad soon so THANKS for the creative recipe!! 🙂

    Lisa @ TSOH

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    Jan @ Sprouts n Squats
    November 27, 2013 at 6:06 am

    No carcass saving here but thats because of no thanksgiving not vegetarian 😉

    That salad recipe sounds delicious!!

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    Sarah @ Feeeding the Brain and Body
    November 27, 2013 at 6:43 am

    I love turkey soup made from the carcass! It is always so delicious. This recipe looks great. I will definitely be checking it out!

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    Kim @ BusyBod
    November 27, 2013 at 6:58 am

    Mmmm brussel sprouts! Don’t worry, I’m not offended by your carcass discussion 😉

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    November 27, 2013 at 7:03 am

    LOVING the new site, girl!! The logo is fabulous!!

    Also – warm brussels sprouts?! Yes, please! Off to check it out.

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    Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com
    November 27, 2013 at 8:11 am

    LOVE the cider vinegar added to these sprouts!

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    Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com
    November 27, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Oooh – forgot to mention-love your new design!

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    Kierston @candyfit
    November 27, 2013 at 8:12 am

    I used to dislike brussel sprouts. I realized two years ago that I love them….baked 🙂

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    November 27, 2013 at 8:55 am

    I love when people share recipes! 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl
    November 27, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Beautiful picture and it looks delicious! Heading over to check out the recipe!

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    Mary Frances
    November 27, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Can do, will do! Wait, the carcass? Ok, if you say so:) That’s all I have to tell my family, right? 🙂 And that salad – you just took my love for brussels sprouts to the next level!

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    Becky @ Olives n Wine
    November 27, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    I’m not cooking the bird but I’ll have to ask Kyle’s aunt for the carcass – haha! How much of a goofball am I going to look like asking to take bones home 😉

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    GiGi Eats Celebrities
    November 27, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    One of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving is actually picking the left over meat OFF the turkey carcass! LOL!!!!!! You can find me, after the feast, back in the kitchen, nibbling on the carcass, LMFAO!

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    Danielle @ Green is the New Black
    November 27, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Love Turkey Soup! Can’t wait for the recipe! I’m not cooking, but usually will make a smaller turkey sometime after Thanksgiving for the leftovers, so I’ll have to try it!

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    November 27, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Hey boo, love the new layout design. Only thing is it does not work on my phone. 🙁 Booo!

    We’re not doing a turkey this year so I’ll just live vicariously through your blog for the next few days.

    Yay to Brussels sprouts!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      November 29, 2013 at 1:06 pm

      Working on the mobile site! Sorry about that. No big turkey dinner for me either, but turkey soup is coming!

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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    November 27, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Soup made from carcass has healing properties- truth!

    PS This didn’t come up on my bloglovin. I should just make the healthy maven my homepage.

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    Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli
    November 28, 2013 at 4:07 am

    Ohhhhhhh! Are those grapes I spy?! I have GOT to find some more brussels ASAP!! I ate all of my HUGE Costco-sized bag up at the beginning of the week (like a dummy) and then I couldn’t find any at the store yesterday before I had to come into work! Boo!

    And I might just have to fight my mama for the turkey carcass this year…it’s been too long since I’ve made some homemade turkey soup!

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    November 28, 2013 at 7:09 am

    Ooh, we did Thanksgiving over the weekend and then had delicious turkey noodle soup for days from the stock… so worth saving the bones!


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    Ashley @ Power, Love, and Self-Discipline
    November 28, 2013 at 8:57 am

    I have been eating brussel sprouts every day this week!! I’ve become obsessed!! Can’t wait to make your recipe!! Mmmmm! Happy Thanksgiving Davida!

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    Lindsay @ Shiny Love Affair
    November 28, 2013 at 10:44 am

    That brussel sprout salad looks amazing!! I love brussel sprouts so much. You can do so much with them. And I totally agree with you re: the turkey carcass. Turkey soup is amazing. And so easy to make. I hope you have a nice day :)!

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    Cailee @ http://hellohealthyeating.com
    November 28, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Just headed off to her blog… great salad idea btw!!

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    November 28, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    I am a vegetarian and I agree save the carcass and make soup. I’m pretty sure using the whole bird only makes the soup that much better. Now I’m off to check out those sprouts.

    P.S. Happy Hanukah.

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    Sarah & Arkadi
    November 28, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Nicely done! We love using brussel sprouts in a salad!

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